BAM Farrans, a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Farrans Construction, has won a contract from Norfolk County Council for Great Yarmouth’s Third River Crossing in the UK.
The joint venture partners will now work on the final design and construction of the bridge, which will link the A47 at Harfrey’s Roundabout on the western side of the river with South Denes Road and the port, including the outer harbour, and Enterprise Zone on the eastern side.
BAM Farrans will work with the project team at the county council to finalise the detailed design and construction requirements for the bridge.
Norfolk County Council Environment, Development and Transport Committee chair Councillor Martin Wilby said: “I’m delighted that we’ll be working with BAM Farrans to bring the Third River Crossing to Great Yarmouth.
“This is an important milestone in our work to build the new bridge, which will bring far-reaching benefits to the town as well as Norfolk and the wider local, regional and national economy.”
Application for development consent is expected to be submitted in the spring, with a public examination expected later in 2019.
Construction is expected to commence towards the end of 2020.
BAM Nuttall Southern England & Wales divisional director John Boal and Farrans Construction civil engineering director David Parr said: “The BAM Farrans Joint Venture is excited to be involved in a project which is going to have such a positive impact on people and businesses in Great Yarmouth.
“Together we have an award-winning track record of working on successful projects of national importance and look forward to working collaboratively with Norfolk County Council and other stakeholders to deliver this strategic piece of infrastructure for the town and the East of England.”
Great Yarmouth Borough Council leader Councillor Graham Plant said: “Following the public consultation, this is an exciting and important next step in delivering this crucial infrastructure, which will bring significant benefits for residents, businesses and visitors, through improving traffic flows, helping to create thousands of jobs and unlocking further business, regeneration and growth opportunities.”
The government has recognised the Third River Crossing as a nationally significant infrastructure project.
BAM Farrans has developed a twin leaf bascule bridge design with the counterweights below-deck.
The Department for Transport has so far provided £98m funding to Norfolk County Council towards the £120m cost of the project.
Image: Third river crossing. Photo: Courtesy of BAM Nuttall Ltd.